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Four members of the MIT Sloan community honored at Thinkers50 Awards 2017

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 5 days ago


We are excited to announce that four members of the MIT Sloan community were honored last week at the biennial Thinkers50 awards in London: Douglas Ready, Hal Gregersen, Erik Brynjolfsson, and Andrew McAfee.

The Thinkers50 was launched in 2001 as the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. Its goal is to identify and share the best management thinking in the world, and it has been described by the Financial Times as the "Oscars of management thinking."

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Neil Ackerman has put his MIT Sloan Executive Certificates to work—and to great success

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 6 days ago

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate Holder Neil Ackerman

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate holder Neil Ackerman is a highly successful supply chain and strategy executive currently serving as Senior Director of Global Supply Chain Advanced Planning and Innovation for healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. His accomplishments in supply chain innovation throughout his career have been many—so, it’s hard to imagine a time when Ackerman wasn’t sure where he wanted to go, or how he was going to get there. But for the now-accomplished executive, there were several turning points in his career that required deep thought, new ways of thinking, and giants leaps of faith.

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MIT Sloan Executive Education hosts Mass Innovation Nights

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 months and 16 days ago

Mass Innovation Night 101 at MIT Sloan Executive Education

This week, MIT Sloan Executive Education is hosting Mass Innovation Nights 101 (#MIN101), the Boston region’s premier monthly startup showcase and networking event. This month’s event, to be held on Wednesday, August 9th, will be held at MIT’s Samberg Conference Center and will feature new startups influencing innovation and tackling process improvement.

“Over the last eight years, we’ve built a successful social media-powered group that has worked together to support local entrepreneurs,” said Bobbie Carlton, Founder of Innovation Nights and Innovation Women. “It’s really a great example of how much a group can accomplish working together, without huge budgets and expensive tools.” Carlton adds, “as a major global driver of innovation, MIT is a natural partner for us.”

Free-of-charge and open to the public, monthly Mass Innovation Nights events feature business experts, networking, tabletop demos, and presentations from the winners of an online vote taken before the event. Here are the innovations participating in Mass Innovation Nights 101:

  • Openbridge is an integration platform that helps teams harness the power of performance data across a variety of sources, including social networks, video platforms, and web analytics tools.
  • TwelveJobs uses detailed information from job seekers and employers to algorithmically help find the perfect match.
  • WatchRx uses a smartwatch to help the elderly take their medications on time and to live independently in their homes as long as possible.
  • Vinolytics simplifies wine management, offering what to drink when, what it is worth, where it comes from and how to buy or sell it.

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Coveted teaching awards presented to MIT Sloan faculty

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 18 days ago

As well-respected experts throughout the world, MIT Sloan faculty are certainly used to getting awards and accolades for their achievements. However, many will admit that among the most coveted are the MIT Sloan Excellence in Teaching Awards, given to honor educational innovation and excellence.

This year, the 2016-2017 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Sinan Aral, the David Austin Professor of Management and a Professor of Information Technology and Marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management. Aral teaches in the popular Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics program at MIT Sloan executive Education. His research focuses on social contagion, product virality and measuring, and managing how information diffusion in massive social networks such as Twitter and Facebook affects information worker productivity, consumer demand, and viral marketing.

Funded by MIT Alumnus J. Burgess Jamieson, SB '52, and his wife, Libby J. Burgess, the Jamieson Prize was established in 2006 to honor faculty contributions to educational innovation and excellence. Simon Johnson, the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School, also received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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What makes MIT Sloan's Advanced Management Program different? Ask Joe Hartz.

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 9 months and 20 days ago

If you're a senior executive seeking improved performance and confidence at managing organizations, then you may be exploring advanced management programs (AMPs). Why select MIT?

In 2016, Joe Hartz, then COO (now CEO) of UGI Energy Services, asked himself the same question. In pursuit of an exceptional advanced management program that would meet his needs and fit his schedule, he narrowed his choices to Columbia, Wharton, and MIT. "I felt that MIT was the most comprehensive offering in the time period that fit my schedule best," says Hartz.

Hartz was part of a succession plan for his company and preparing for the role of CEO at the time he began his AMP search. His executive management team thought it would be good for him to spend a few weeks away from the office to think about new trends in businesses and get an up-to-date, holistic, executive learning experience.

Smaller class size leads to big payoffs

When Hartz arrived at MIT, he realized that while several other participants were in similar transitions, each member of the cohort was unique, and that the class size was small and highly selective. "We were 20 extremely different people," said Hartz. "There were only a couple of Americans in the class. I met folks from different parts of the world, from different businesses and roles--it was a very diverse and talented group. That setting was an incredible experience for me."

The selective cohort of international participants is a differentiating factor for MIT Sloan's Advanced Management Program. Each year, AMP is limited to 35 participants and is often smaller, as it was for Hartz's 2016 program. This smaller size promotes interaction between faculty and participants and enables great collaboration and rapport to develop over the span of the month-long program. "Our conversations--both in the classroom and over beers after class--were extremely thought provoking." Says Hartz.

Seasoned executives hail from around the world, with the majority traveling from Europe, Asia, and South America. Also due in part to the small size of the group, participants develop meaningful friendships--and even successful business partnerships--with their global peers.

"On the weekends during the program, we stuck together. We went sailing, we took the catamaran to Cape Cod one Sunday. We had some long walks around Boston, and we did the museum tours," said Hartz.

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Open House attendees learn about executive programs -- and systems thinking

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 10 months and 19 days ago

In an effort to learn about the education opportunities at MIT, more than 75 professionals in the Greater Boston area attended a complimentary Open House in February, which was jointly hosted by MIT Sloan Executive Education, MIT Executive MBA, MIT Sloan Fellows Program, and MIT Professional Education.

"The event provided information on the wide range of educational solutions now available to help develop the business knowledge, leadership skills, and technical abilities needed to remain competitive in today's fast-moving economy," said Associate Dean of Executive Education Peter Hirst.

Attendees of the open house heard alumni speak about their MIT experience and its impact on their careers. "In MIT Sloan's executive programs, I learned how to become a better communicator and developed leadership and organizational skills that enabled me to excel and effect meaningful change within my organization," said Sidita Hasi, a Regional Leader for FedEx Trade Networks and a recent recipient of an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership. "[Ongoing education] is no longer a luxury, but a strategic imperative that can significantly increase your chances of success in the workforce."

Improving organizational performance with systems thinking

In addition to learning about these programs, attendees also had the opportunity to learn about a discipline that is a cornerstone of MIT's management approach: systems thinking. MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning spoke about the critical role of systems thinking in organizations, including how to adapt individual mindsets and structures to improve organizational performance and produce meaningful change. During his comments, he explained how people create technologies, which, in turn, define our world and strongly shape who we are, as well as how we are conditioned by these technologies and how the choices we make define future technologies. You can watch a recording of his talk here.

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An interview with MIT Sloan ACE holder Mia Hemmi

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 11 months and 17 days ago

MIT Sloan ACE holder Mia Hemmi

Mia Hemmi is an Account Director at Hakuhodo Inc, an integrated advertising and communication agency headquartered in Japan. She earned an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation & Technology (ACE) from MIT Sloan in 2016.

Where are you from, and what brought you to the US?
I am from Tokyo, Japan. My husband had relocated himself to participate in a program at Harvard starting in July (2016). At the time, I had been on a childcare leave, so I decided to join him in Cambridge to commit to an academic adventure.

Can you tell us a little bit about your professional experience and your role at Hakuhodo?
Hakuhodo is one of the largest advertising/marketing communications agencies in Japan. Our mission is to "Invent the Future" in partnership with our thousands of clients from governmental organizations to companies of countless industries, including media, to create new values and movements through branding work based on our "Sei-katsu-sha" (a Japanese expression of a holistic person--an individual with a lifestyle, aspirations and dreams, in contrast to "consumer") insight. Long story short, we do practically anything that relates to "communication," to leverage the value of ideas, products, and services at all business levels.

2017 will be my twentieth year at the Hakuhodo DY Group, and I have been in the Account Services Department (aka Client Services/Sales) through my entire career. We work as "producers" in the front-line as strategic consultants to clients, managing and facilitating all projects as leaders by aligning key staffs internally (market research, events/promotions, PR, creative, media, selected depending on project) and teaming with third-party potential supporters to provide the best solutions to clients. My clients are of industries including foods/beverages, retailers, airlines, online services, government, sport event organizers, etc., which all operate as global brands or international entities, so the work constantly requires the understanding of the global markets of the respective industries. Aside from the general domestic services, my forte has been in the Business Development area analyzing cross-cultural opportunities, supporting Japanese clients to build businesses in foreign markets, and foreign companies that build businesses in Japan. The experience has led me to examine the managerial and operational side of the businesses, and I have been fortunate to be able to participate in projects of multiples of industries at the hands-on level. I must say I was a total workaholic working 24/7, with business travels abroad two-thirds of the year, until my son was born.

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An Open House that opens doors: Learn more about MIT's Executive and Professional Programs

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 year ago

If you've ever thought about pursuing some type of advanced education, the beginning of a new year is a great time to pursue it. To help you get started, MIT is hosting a complimentary Open House for professionals in the Greater Boston area on February 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Attendees can explore the various programs offered to technical professionals and business leaders.

In addition to having an opportunity to mingle with program representatives and alumni, the Open House will give attendees a chance to hear from renowned MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning. In his presentation, Repenning plans to give some insight into the foundations of systems thinking--a discipline that is core to MIT's management approach--including thoughts about:

  • Structure generates behavior: Context plays a significant role in determining how people behave.
  • Mental models matter: It is not enough to change a system’s physical structure.
  • Systems Thinking does not come naturally: Our first instinct is to blame people instead of systems.
  • System Dynamics Model of Continuous Improvement: Well-intentioned leaders often fall into a "capability trap" when pressured to deliver faster growth and higher earnings, inadvertently undermining essential capabilities needed for success.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn more about the individual programs from the departments that are jointly sponsoring the event.

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